Playing with Bondaweb and stitch.
I do love seaweed.
It's been a while. I have been settling in and enjoying not traveling about too much. I have been exploring my local area, and enjoying all the colours, textures and patterns.
It is almost 2 years since I moved to my little slice of paradise on the Loop Head peninsula. It is continuing to be a challenge to support myself out here, but plans are in place to help with that. It takes time to discover what works out here. . and what doesn't!!
Seaweed in one of the rock pools in Ross Bay.
Seaweed and crab shell on Glasheen beach.
I am thoroughly enjoying drawing and stitching seaweed and am now seriously into my dry stone wall series of work.
Getting out and about in this area I keep finding new places to excite - there is an alpaca farm not far from me that spins and dyes the fleece. They are all very well looked after and are fast becoming a great attraction.
I am still a very keen beach cleaner on my local beaches and am continually surprised at just what is washed up. And in such large amounts. I am collecting the rubbish I find to start creating . . something.
A small part of a collection of plastic from beach recently.
One of my first bead bowls made in 1985.
I have always been interested in making textiles 3D. One of the things I do is make silk fibre bowls which are selling very well over here. I have listed a few on my Estsy shop if you fancy having a look . . Kims Etsy Shop.
I have been making some new bowls ready for the upcoming craft fairs.
I have added a few to my Etsy shop . . .
My teaching -
My Look, Draw, Print, Stitch weekends have finished for this year. To see my dates for next year - have a look here. http://kimthittichai.com/html/sonas_2.html
Tricia who came to work with me in May has now finished 3 pieces of work based on one of the designs she created on that weekend.
Aren't these fabulous?
I shall be getting about around the world in 2019. In January I shall be teaching on a holiday I am leading in Jaipur. I believe there is one place left.
In April I will be teaching in Inverness and in May I will be teaching in Dublin.
I will be home during the summer teaching in my studio, then I will be off to teach in New Zealand in October.
My online courses are still available here - http://www.sonas-studio.com/
I have been mentoring several students/artists unofficially for a while now and I think it is time to tighten things up. From now on I will teaching my online version of Experimental Textiles as a one to one mentoring course that will last a year. If anyone is interested - do please email me.
So - that is what has been happening . . .
Yesterday I went out on the Dolphinwatch - a fantastic trip that involves, dolphins, wild goats, all manner of sea birds and amazing rock strata.
I managed to one image of a dolphin jumping.
If you are ever traveling in this area it always worth checking if the conditions are right for a trip on the Dolphinwatch.